Go Faster Stripe

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Go Faster Stripe
Type Production company
Industry Film, Publishing, distribution
Genre Comedy
Founded 2005
Headquarters Cardiff, United Kingdom
Key people Chris Evans
Website http://www.gofasterstripe.com

Go Faster Stripe is an independent film production and distribution company that operates out of the Chapter Arts Centre, in Cardiff, Wales. The company specialises in the recording of live shows by stand-up comedians who, while in the public eye, may not normally be able to get a DVD released through a major label, or who want to avoid forms of censorship that they feel may come with mainstream releases.[1]

Initially a baby clothes retailer, the company used its internet presence to diversify into comedy releases in 2005.[2] Go Faster Stripe are closely associated with Stewart Lee and Richard Herring, who first became famous as the Lee and Herring double act in the 1990s, and whose work they have often published. In addition to Herring and Lee, the company has produced media for acts such as Simon Munnery, Lucy Porter and Robin Ince,[3][4]

As well as CDs and DVDs, they have also released a 10" vinyl and a number of books.

History[edit]

When comedy fan Chris Evans [1] wished to purchase a DVD of comedian Stewart Lee's (co-writer of Jerry Springer: The Opera)[5] latest live show (90s Comedian) he learned there would not be one: the comic's previous release (Stewart Lee - Stand Up Comedian, released by 2 Entertain) had sold insufficient copies for a major label to consider a future release profitable. Furthermore, the comedy website Chortle claimed that the show's controversial content dissuaded major distribution companies because of fear of retribution from the fundamentalist Christian movement.[6] However, Evans felt that the critically acclaimed show should be recorded. He used the name of his existing clothes retail company, Go Faster Stripe, to produce a CD of the show.[2][6][7] The CD sold well enough to generate a profit, and Evans quickly shifted the business towards comedy material. Initially specialising in the work of Lee and Herring, Go Faster Stripe has since diversified into a broader range of comedians.

In 2014, Chris Evans won the Chortle Award for best offstage contribution.[8]

Censorship and Policy[edit]

Go Faster Stripe claim to only release material by comedians whose work they enjoy.[9] Recently, this has involved returning to previously unreleased work, such as Lee and Herring's television show Fist of Fun.[10] So far around 50% of the comedians that have been approached by Go Faster Stripe have had their work recorded.[citation needed] The company does not ask artists to change their show, and does not censor material. For example, in Richard Herring's ménage à un, he talks explicitly about being masturbated via the hole in the hand of Jesus Christ, which Herring claims most likely have been edited for a mainstream DVD release.[1] In an interview with Australian comedy listings guide The Groggy Squirrel, Richard Herring said of Go Faster Stripe:

Go Faster don't tell us what we can or can't say and are happy to give faithful representations of the material.[1]

Products[edit]

Comedian Title Type Cat
Stewart Lee 90s Comedian DVD GFS-1
Richard Herring The Twelve Tasks of Hercules Terrace DVD GFS-2
Richard Herring Someone Likes Yoghurt DVD GFS-3
Stewart Lee Pea Green Boat CD & Vinyl GFS-4
Simon Munnery Hello DVD GFS-5
Richard Herring Ménage à Un DVD GFS-7
Lucy Porter[11] The Good Life DVD GFS-8
Wil Hodgson Skinheads, Readers' Wives and My Little Ponies DVD GFS-10
Tony Law An Hour and Some of some Tony Law DVD GFS-13
Robin Ince Is as Dumb as You DVD GFS-6
Richard Herring Bye Bye Balham Book GFS-14
Richard Herring Oh Fuck, I'm 40! DVD GFS-12
Stewart Lee What Would Judas Do? CD GFS-16
Andrew Collins Where Did It All Go Right? CD GFS-15
John Hegley & Tony Curtis John Hegley & Tony Curtis DVD GFS-11
Robin Ince & Friends Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People DVD GFS-18
Richard Herring The Headmaster's Son DVD GFS-19
Collings and Herrin The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire (and Water) CD GFS-20
Richard Herring As It Occurs To Me - Secret Standup DVD GFS-24
Richard Herring Hitler Moustache DVD GFS-21
Collings and Herrin War and Peace, Crime and Punishment DVD GFS-25
John Shuttleworth The Minor Tour DVD GFS-17
Various Peacock Season DVD GFS-23
Craig Campbell Death of a Badger DVD GFS-22
Kevin Eldon Is Titting About DVD GFS-27
Andrew Collins Secret Dancing DVD GFS-26
Kevin Eldon & Simon Munnery Mr Bartlett and Mr Willis CD GFS-32
Baba Brinkman The Rap Guide to Human Nature DVD GFS-29
Richard Herring AIOTM - The Complete Cumpkin DVD GFS-37
Wil Hodgson Hatful of Hodgson DVD GFS-30
Simon Donald Comic to Comic DVD GFS-38
Stewart Lee The Jazz Cellar Tape CD GFS-31
Tony Law Brainporium DVD GFS-28
Richard Herring Christ on a Bike DVD GFS-35
Lee and Herring Fist of Fun - Series 1 DVD GFS-40
Robin Ince & Friends Ten Lessons and Carols for Godless People CD GFS-33
Norman Lovett Outside The Box DVD GFS-39
Tony Law Go! Mr Tony Go! Download GFS-43
Robert Wringham You Are Nothing Book GFS-42
Richard Herring Talking Cock Book COCK-1
Richard Herring What Is Love, Anyway? DVD GFS-44
Arnold Brown Jokes I Have Known DVD GFS-41
Lee and Herring Fist of Fun - Series 2 DVD GFS-45
Robin Ince & Friends More Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People DVD GFS-46
Richard Herring The Box Lady and Other Pesticles Book GFS-47
Robin Ince Happiness Through Science DVD GFS-48
Lee and Herring Fist of Fun series 1 and 2 DVD GFS-49
Boothby Graffoe The Boothby Graffoe Mish-Mash DVD GFS-43
Simon Munnery Fylm Makker DVD GFS-50
Richard Herring 10 DVD GFS-51
Richard Herring Talking Cock DVD GFS-52

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Go Faster Stripe". The Groggy Squirrel. March 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b Lee, Stewart (2011). How I Escaped My Certain Fate. Faber and Faber. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-571-25481-1. 
  3. ^ "Go Faster Stripe". The Sprout. September 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-18. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Go Faster Stripe are very good indeed". Noise to Signal. November 23, 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Stewart Lee". NOTBBC. April 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Laughs through a lens". Chortle. December 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  7. ^ "Comic release: New DVDs from cult comedians". Chortle. March 21, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  8. ^ http://www.chortle.co.uk/awards/2014/01/10/19382/chortle_awards
  9. ^ "Go Faster Stripe - About Us". Go Faster Stripe. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Spring news". Richard Herring. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  11. ^ http://www.laughriot.co.uk/2007/08/17/lucy-porter-dvd-recording/

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